Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 6 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get a third free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Date: Saturday, 28 August 2021


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the evidence based cutting edge integration of CBT and Mindfulness skills, which also takes the useful philosophical stances from Existentialism and Gestalt approaches to create powerful counselling and therapeutic tools. ACT is increasingly demonstrating its effectiveness to help clients across a range of psychological issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Chronic Pain
  • Addictions
  • Psychosis
  • Complex Grief
  • Stress and Burnout
  • PTSD

Course Content:

In this one day introductory workshop, participants will cover:

  • How to effectively, creatively, compassionately and flexibly utilise the key skills of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you and your clients create more fulfilling changes, where you and they can often get stuck!
  • Practice using the 6 core processes of ACT:
    • Contact with the present moment
    • Acceptance
    • Defusion
    • Self-as-context
    • Values
    • Committed Action
  • We will use ‘the Matrix’, as a tool for ongoing assessment, and contextual targeting of ACT processes.
  • What to do when you don’t know what to do.
  • The importance of compassion, validation and client collaboration will be discussed throughout the course of the workshop.


  • Saturday 28 August 2021, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This course is suited for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and therapists-in-training who want to learn more about the subject area.


  • €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


  • This workshop will take place online, using a software called Zoom. Participants will be sent a link to join the online platform before the course commences.

Getting Started

Please note due to the current Covid -19 restrictions, our office team are working remotely. Therefore we would encourage you to apply online for speedy process of your application. Should you have any questions in relation to making your online application please contact Triona on 086-0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘CPD Short Term’, then select ‘CBT and Anxiety’ and complete the form.

Online Application Form

If you have any trouble at any stage of the application please click here to get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Why attend this CPD Course?

  • Gain new knowledge and skills related to ACT
  • Improve your ability to respond to clients using an evidence-based approach
  • Excellent Facilitator – highly experienced and knowledgeable about the subject

About the Programme Facilitator

Chris McConnellMSc Psychotherapy, Dip CBT (MAPCP, MBACP)
Chris is a fully qualified and accredited therapist who has more than 15 years’ experience working with clients. He originally trained in Psychotherapy through UCD and St. Vincent’s Hospital, and completed addition training CBT at Goldsmiths University. He has extensive training in ACT, MBCBT, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy.